On Wednesday, Apple sent out an invite for an October 20 press event, but before you jumpstart those Verizon on iPhone rumors again, the gathering will focus on Macs and OS X. “Come see what’s new for the Mac on October 20, including a sneak peek of the next major version of Mac OS X,” according to the invite.
Apple will give a sneak peek of the next major version of Mac OS X, but beyond that, the agenda for the event is unknown. Plans for a touch screen Mac have surfaced over the past several weeks, so speculation is that the new Mac OS could begin to pave the way for multi-touch capability. Even as netbook and laptop sales have been hurt by Apple’s highly popular iPad, Mac sales have actually grown stronger thanks to the so-called ‘halo effect.’ International Data Corporation has reported that Apple’s PC market share has now reached double digits for the first time since the early 1990s.
Titled as “Back to the Mac”, the illustration of the event shows the Apple logo molded into the image of a lion. The company asks journalists to “come see what’s next for the Mac on October 20, including a sneak peak of the next major version of Mac OS X”. The event starts at 10AM local time.
An image attached to Wednesday’s invite shows a cut-out of the Apple logo that is tilted in a way to show a lion behind it. Given that all previous versions of Apple’s OSX have been named after members of the cat family – Leopard, Tiger, Panther, Jaguar, Puma, Cheetah, and Kodiak – Apple’s next move might be Lion.
And also the MacBook is also due for a refresh by the way, so Apple might be throwing that in the lineup as well. We don’t see any mentioning of the iMac or Mac Pro at the event, being that Apple just refreshed them not even three months ago. That being said, if any hardware is to be on the list, more than likely it is going to be about notebooks. However, being that Apple is primarily a software company, you can always bet that their is going to be software on the agenda.